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A Night at the Opera

Last night this country mouse was transported to the big city of Manhattan as I sat in a theatre  in the Swedish countryside.  I became for 3 hours 38 minutes, a city mouse.

I enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera HD transmission of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s classic Russian novel, Eugene Onegin, composed in 1879.

This is one of my favorite operas as well as ballet. the title roles were played by opera’s most stunning voices:

Tatiana: Russian soprano, Anna Netrebko

Onegin: Swedish baritone born in the north Piteå, Peter Mattei

Lensky: Russian tenor, Alexey Dolgov

Olga: Russian mezzo-soprano, Elena Maximova

It would have been an entire title role cast had Dimitri Hvorostovsky been ale to sing in the lead role as Onegin. Unfortunately due to illness, the role was recast.

This opera synopsis:

Tatiana is a young girl fro a wealthy family who falls in love with Onegin who came to visit the family home with Lensky, the fiance of Olga. One of the highlighted scenes is when Tatiana tries to write a love letter to Onegin. It’s a tortuous time for her to try and put her feelings into words, as it would be for any young lady. The scene where Onegin returns the letter to Tatiana has had various interpretations. Some have been very mean to her, not caring for her feelings at all while others were a it more gentle in their refusal to accept her feelings. In this particular version, Peter Mattei who was Onegin was not so cruel in his words but his stern and rigid body language said it all. Tatiana was crushed.

Olga was pleased with Onegin’s flirting at a house party with dinner and dancing. This upset her fiance Lensky who challenged Onegin to a duel. His manhood had been tarnished in public as his fiance danced and frolicked with another man. Lensky played by the Russian tenor Alexey Dolgov delivered a heart wrenching aria at the site of the duel. He did not survive the duel, sadly.

Years pass and Onegin is once again at a dinner party of a rich nobleman. While he walked the room he spotted Tatiana and asked his host  to introduce them. When he learned that she was his wife, he was beside himself with pain and regret. Not only had she grown into a beautiful woman but she now held a high position in Russian society.

The last scene was that of Onegin begging Tatiana to love him again and be his. It was, as always a very heart wrenching scene. Here is this tall very distinguished gentleman wrapped around Tatiana’s legs as he cried begging her to be his. He wanted her desperately to love him again. Although Tatiana still loves him, like most women who remember a first love that they never quite get over, she can not and will not leave her husband. With one last kiss, she walks away strong in her resolve to remain married. Onegin is a crumpled mess of tears, regret and disappointment on the stage floor. A very sad sight, indeed.

The beautiful music played by the Metropolitan orchestra was conducted by the British born Robin Ticciati. His feel and love for this score was clearly evident as his arms and hands waved his baton with such heart felt passion.

It was a lovely evening for this country mouse to transported to the Metropolitan Opera and be a city mouse.

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young tatiana

Tatiana on the evening when she met Onegin

peter mattei 2                                                              Peter Mattei as Onegin

lenskey right before the duel                           Lensky payed by Alexey Dolgov just before the duel

arrived at dinner party                                 Onegin spots Tatiana at the nobleman’s dinner party

married tatiana                                      Tatiana, all grown up played by Anna Netrebko

when he realzredv he coudnt have her         Onegin trying his best to plead his case and get Tatiana to love him once again

Tana’s off to bed

Good afternoon from Gullringstorp!
Tana, on her way to bed this morning. She didn’t stop for a meal today. As Tana becomes an adult, her mealtime can vary from every other day, once a week to even longer. All I need to do is look at her beautiful tail to access her state of health. A fat tail on a Leopard Gecko is a great sign of health. 

I started out bedding her mealworms on Eco-Earth but decided to change to oats. They still get carrots and greens to become “gut loaded”. They really seem to like the oats and become nice and fat. Each one is dipped in calcium and vitamin powders before offered to Tana. This makes for a delicious nutritious meal. So when she skips meals or lengthens the time between meals, I don’t worry about her.

Little Thelma 

Good afternoon from Gullringstorp!
This is little Thelma. We had a hawk come into our chicken yard about 2 weeks ago. All the chickens scattered except little Thelma. I head the noise and ran back. The yard was empty. Not a chicken in sight except little Thelma. She was alone just running in circles in the center of the yard. When I finally got a hold of her, I brought her into the house. After careful handling I discovered several wounds on her tiny fat body. She has been kept quiet inside our home for nearly 2 weeks. 

I brought her back out with the first sign of sun. Well no one claimed her. In fact she was pecked by every family I tried to reintroduce her to.

Only solution is a pen where she has all she needs and the close company of a flock.

She’s not quite right so she’s quite safe in this little pen. She seems happy pecking and nesting in the hay and straw.

Im not sure of her future but this is her life at the moment. She wad very traumatized.🙁


Good morning from Gullringstorp!

Actually, Tana is saying good night, right after she eats. She is nocturnal and she is on her way night night. She ate a delicious dinner of 30 mealworms. She will retreat to her favorite hide and have a nice sleep. I will see her again late this evening, for a cuddle.
Sleep well Tana!💤

Lunch With Boris

Good afternoon from Gullringstorp!
Lunch with Boris!
Assorted chilled greens

Grated carrots 

Bean sprouts

Diced plums

Diced banana

Topped off with a dusting of powdered Calcium on the greens as well as the veggies and fruit.
Boris can move very slowly or swiftly, as needed. Here he’s very relaxed and slow. Boris is always concerned with what’s on my feet. Slippers, socks or bare footed. He always check to see the condition of my feet.

Then he hears something snd his movements become swift.
Bon appetite Boris! 🍴​

Rose Petals

Welcome to Li’l Sis Eco-Friendly Goat Milk Soap for a  luxurious all natural Rose Petals Goat Milk Soap. The delicious scents of this beautiful are natural Rose Geranium  and Palm Rosa Essential Oils. Natural Madder Root gives the lovely soft rose color. 

As with all Li’l Sis Eco-Friendly Goat Milk Soap has NO chemicals or Artificial Ingredients. No Animal Testing!


Beautiful roses drying

Roses drying


Finn absolutely LOVES the snow!!

Pals at Gullringstorp!

Everyone gets along at Gullringstorp!

Tasha and Little Lady. We no longer have her. She went over the Rainbow Bridge. She was 30 yrs old

Pip and Little Lady

Tasha and Little Lady

Juliet and Pumpkin. Juliet is 14 years old and Pumpkin is 18 yrs old

Pip and Boris 

Pumpkin and Finn are great pals

Pumpkin, Finn and Boris love to hang out looking out the window

Goats and Dinner

The goats are out on this chilly afternoon having a fine time. 

My kitchen smells heavenly with my meatballs slowly cooking in the oven. Pasta sauce simmers and it just smells divine.

Meatballs are browned first on the stove top then finished cooking slowly in the oven. As the sauce simmered I seasoned with that lovely herbed salt fro Balogne. 

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Home made garlic bread

Goat Treats

Good afternoon from Gullringstorp!
It was indeed a baking morning. The house smelled so delicious upstairs and downstairs. You would imagine cakes or cookies but you would be close.

Goat treats on the menu today.

The recipe for those who asked:

3 cups grain. (I use sweet mix, beet root, cracked barley and oats)

9.5 oz molasses 

1 cup whole wheat flour 

15 cups grain

48 oz molasses

5 cups whole wheat flour

I add raisins, apples, carrots and bananas 

Mix together adding small amounts of water. Place small balls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F or 180C for 20 mins